While I was in school, we had environmental engineer and founder of Green at Home, Emma Rohmann lecture on ‘Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Environmental Health.’
I was quite horrified when she informed us that in most provinces/states of North America, manufacturers do not have to demonstrate product or ingredient safety, before introducing it to the market. Health Canada technically has a ‘Hot List’ of ingredients that are known/suspected to be harmful, but this isn’t a regulatory-binding document for manufacturers.
As someone who wears makeup almost daily, this is incredibly concerning. Having dealt with acne since the dandy age of 15, I had consistently covered my skin with products that contain parabens, phthalates and other scary chemicals.
Enter the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep ® Cosmetics Database. The EWG launched Skin Deep ® in 2004, creating a database of cosmetics and personal care products, along with their potential hazards and health concerns. The EWG assigns a score and lists health concerns of the ingredients, within listed products. The amount of detail is astonishing, but also terrifying.
As of a few years ago, I finally made the switch to EWG Verified products. These products have met the strict standards of the EWG, and I can rest easy when recommending products from this list.
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Note: since posting this blog to my Instagram, I’ve had a number of following suggestions:
Portia Ella - for makeup and personal health products.
Sweet Spirit Apothecary - for makeup and personal health products.
Pure Anada - for makeup and personal health products.
Emma Rohmann has also recommended using the ThinkDirty (Canadian) app, which has more Canadian products listed. She recommends using ThinkDirty hand-in-hand with the EWG Skin Deep ® Cosmetics Database.